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PRICE RANGE
AU$9 - AU$49
CUISINES
Italian, Contemporary, Gastropub, Beer restaurants
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 19 June 2023

I went to this hotel with my partner for lunch and had a very ordinary, very overpriced meal. The salad in my 'Fish. chips and salad' was totally drenched in white salad dressing that made the salad largely inedible. Please have the dressing in a...separate bowl! It made the salad leaves, and cucumber very limp and devoid of crunch. I like some crunch in my salad! The fish was fine, as was the chips. My partner had the soup and brushetta, which he enjoyed, but soup was a not terribly hot. I would not come here again. Very overpriced for what was a fairly ordinary pub meal.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023 via mobile

Nice warm and comfortable space on a cold day. The service was great and the food was top notch. Easily the best lamb shoulder Ive eaten the produce was fresh and tasty. Will be returning and recommending to others.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 23 December 2022

We visited for lunch shortly before Christmas with friends from Melbourne. We were delighted with the menu which had something for everyone - vegetarian, meat lovers & fish eaters, as well as Christmas options on the blackboard. Our meals were all just as they were...described & were good value for money. We'll be back.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 July 2022

My husband and I had dinner last night at the Great Western Hotel in Ballan. Our meal was delicious. Our entrees (croquettes and terrine) were delicious and beautifully presented and garnished. Our mains of lamb shoulder and barramundi were expertly cooked, served and exceeded our...expectations. The staff are friendly and service was prompt and competent. We were pleasantly surprised and recommend this venue highly. They deserve to be supported by locals and visitors alike.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 11 June 2022

I've now given the Great Western 5 opportunities and each time has been an absolute disappointment. The meals are overpriced and in some cases have been inedible. Eating here is like flushing money down the drain.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 7 May 2022 via mobile

Great little restaurant, with excellent service and great food. I stopped in for a quick late lunch of linguine marinara.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 25 March 2022 via mobile

On Wednesday March 23 a friend and I had lunch at The Great Western Hotel in Ballan. My friend had previously managed a Winery Resort. For over 21 years on and off I have worked in hospitality, but mostly front of house, also in a...fine dining restaurant with service of alcohol, and a number of Cellar Doors. I’ve just finished working for two of the most high profile bottle shops in the country. Our first impression was the wonderful young man who served us, my impression, he could work in hospitality anywhere in the world, he’s an amazing young guy. Second impression, was the decor. My friend and I know the hotel well, what it has been turned into is a trendy welcoming pub you could likely find in Brunswick or Sydney’s funky Newtown. It’s brilliant. Then the food? It was amazing. First class!!! Won’t easily forget my gnocchi, and our other dishes were delicious. Well done all round guys, love your work.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 19 June 2021

Cannot recommend them highly enough... absolutely perfect service and food...and I absolutely love the 70s cocktails...well done

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 11 May 2021

Tripped over this place on the way back from Daylesford and what a surprise. Decor is stunning and the food is delicious. Found out it is owned by the same guys who own the Farmers Arms in Daylesford so no wonder is this good. A...MUST!!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 April 2021 via mobile

Easter Sunday family lunch at the Great Western was an absolute delight. The Dining Room is bright and comfortable and the staff are nice and friendly, very welcoming. The menu is mighty fine, not a huge range of choices but certainly something for everyone. The...meals were delicious, very generous, fresh and tasty. The scallop special with pea purée was an absolute winner, as were the two fish mains, whilst the Cape Grim steaks were melt in the mouth tender. A big, BIG tick for the awesome Banana Split! The wine list is commendable and includes some good old fashioned cocktails. There are plans for accommodation in the future, and a roof top beer garden. The Great Western Hotel richly deserves its growing reputation and we’ll be back very soon. PS great coffee too.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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DHR, Owner at Great Western Hotel Ballan, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2021

Hi Shell B, Thank you for taking the time to leave this amazing feedback! We are happy to hear that your time with us was wonderful and that you loved the Banana Split. We look forward to having you dine with us again.

Reviewed 20 March 2021

Arrived at the Hotel for a lunch on a Friday, without a reservation, which was not a problem. Shown to our table and a local wine recommended which was superb. Ordered the cob loaf and entree of pulled pork sliders and my husband ordered the...steak sandwich. The cob loaf was hot & then our other meals arrived in a matter of no time. Pleasant and helpful staff, especially Olivia who was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was delicious and the entree was exactly the right serving size for my meal. The steak sandwich was tasty and satisfied my husband’s appetite. We thought we may have the desert, but we were more than happy with the size of our meals. Will definitely be back for another meal. After chatting with the venue Manager I would definitely suggest making a reservation for evening and weekend meals. Worth diverting off the highway for.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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DHR, Owner at Great Western Hotel Ballan, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2021

Hi Vicki, Thank you for taking the time to leave this amazing feedback! We are happy to hear that your time with us was pleasant and thank you for your special mention of Olivia. We are very lucky to have wonderful staff working at The...More

Reviewed 18 March 2021

I originally complained to owner who simply doesn’t care. Apparently this is common knowledge in town. Locals dont matter only after tourist $ & Our group all reside locally. We were seated in the back room, there was a total of 35 people in that...area. I could not leave the table without having to interfere with another table. The noise level was excessive due too many people in the back room. We were like sardines having to yell to have a conversation. our group was uncomfortable & hot. I felt like I was in a 1980’s Coles cafeteria. We were up sold a bottles of sparkling water we didn’t ask for!!! We were charged $20 for a prawn cocktail with 3 prawns. The prawns had black spotting on the tails, they were not fresh the salad was not fresh either. There was alot of confusion & mistakes with meals, to the point we had to note was was & wasnt being ordered & received by our table. At $50 for 250g steak we expected it to be warm/hot, meals came out cold, over salted? Dishes were ere piling up all through out the night. Ordering of drinks was a complete shambles one person in our group ordered a glass of wine 3 times before receiving it. Errors on the bill, overcharged. Our bill was over $1000 and we dont mind paying for quality but this was not a quality night or experience. Rather I spent the night dealing with many issues nonstop it was exhausting, Food lacked in quality, charging $7 a prawn is way over the top.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 16 March 2021 via mobile

A disaster of a night, drinks were not made correctly, wrong meals came out, not cooked correctly, chat potatoes were raw. Salad was stale, two people in our group didnt get their meals, staff are incompetent, over charged. Management dont care. The commercial down the...although not fancy is 100 times better.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 24 February 2021 via mobile

This is a popular place to dine in Ballan. The service was good the food good but with limited range and the prices expensive for what you get.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 21 February 2021 via mobile

Lovely staff, quirky decor, good range of food on the menu and excellent range of beers. Go there , it’s a really good place!

Date of visit: February 2021
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